STUDENTS APPRECIATED GRATUITY FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
AUTHORITIES AND ACADEMICS HIGHLIGHTED THE EXECUTIVE’S EMBLEMATIC REFORM IS, ALONG WITH STUDENTS WHO WERE BENEFITED BY THIS PUBLIC POLICY.
March 11, 2016
Academics, university and government authorities, as well as students who entered the first year under the gratuity regime celebrated together the beginning of this benefit, which in our University is benefiting more than a thousand students of the total of 1900 who were admitted to its different programs.
This year, the welcoming to the utalinos had a special seal, which was manifest in a breakfast with about 25 students, all with gratuity and the highest admission scores in their programs. It was held in the Central House in Talca.
The students shared with the intendant of the Maule, Paul Meza; president Álvaro Rojas; the regional secretary of minister of Education, Rigoberto Espinoza; prorector Paul Villalobos, and Academic Vice President, Gilda Carrasco; Vice President for Undergraduate, Marcela Vasquez; and Vice President for Student Development, Sergio Matus, among other authorities of our Institution.
The activity highlighted the start of gratuity in higher education, one of the achievements of the current administration in the field of educational reform.
In this perspective, the intendant and the seremi of education said they feel excited, while President Álvaro Rojas said that to be admitted in the gratuity regime gives greater meaning to the work of the Corporation, as a state university, that trains good students to whom the public policy allows them to study free of cost.
“We are the fourth or fifth university that proportionally receive more students with gratuity and that makes us very happy, because it gives meaning to our work at the university”, he stressed, specifying that they are more than a thousand the new students who can access this benefit. Along with congratulating the young people for what has been accomplished, he told them that “the society is betting that you are going to be also very good professionals.”
The president spoke of the trajectory of the University and recalled that in 1990 emerged the aspiration of turning it into an institution of excellence and today the indicators show that it is one of the best in the country.
He also described the development of the five campuses, spoke of the prestige that the Institution has been gaining and noted that people are not indifferent to the University of Talca name, which is “distinct, particular, and has an educational model different from the rest of the country's universities, the skills training model used in the great universities of the world.”
The intendant, in his turn, stated his satisfaction and joy “to celebrate this second year of government, prioritizing education, the strengthening of public education under the universal gratuity system.” He added that thus it is accomplished the announcement of the country’s president, which goes in direct benefit of the people.
“I want to convey sincere greetings to the students and the desires that your stay at this great university be successful. You enter one of the country's major universities, a public university, and regional efforts have been made by looking at the country from the regions”, he noted.
Pablo Meza estimated that 13 thousand students can access gratuity in higher education in the Maule Region, to which can be added the 17 thousand from subsidized private schools attached to that system, and hundreds of thousands coming from public establishments. He stated that with the return of free education significant steps are taken to reduce inequalities. “Society agreed that young people just depend on their own talents and abilities to be able to undertake and develop, and that's what we celebrate today,” he said.
For its part, Rigoberto Espinoza held that “when politics is so transversely discredited, it seems that the promises of politicians are never going to be fulfilled and we are demonstrating with specific facts that the word committed by the President is accomplished, especially in the area of education.” Also, he said that in the future, “there will be a generation of professionals with a greater social sense”.
Likewise, the Vice President for Student Development highlighted the achievements of the policy of free education. “It is the reflection of the society that we expect: caring, fair, where the barriers to studying are removed, and the only thing left is to take forward the dreams of studying the programs of their preferences,” he said.
Sergio Matus told the students that the feedback is vital to know the look that young people have of the University and invited them to participate in student organizations.
Among the attendees at the breakfast were the presidents of the federations of students of the Curicó and Talca campuses, Henry Varas and Ervin Castillo, respectively. The former recalled that the achievement of gratuity for 50 percent of the most vulnerable young people from the socio-economic perspective, gives meaning to the struggle that he personally faught in 2013, for a free and quality public education. “Today, the students return to the condition of being students, not customers; the whole society is behind, you are not alone, that they may dedicate themselves to be good professionals”, he stressed.
For his part, Erwin Castillo addressed some aspects of public education and in relation to gratuity, he stressed that students should take advantage of this benefit and give back to society, “with the seal of the University of Talca, that they cannot be indifferent to the problems of others”. In this regard, he called on the youth to “stand in the place of the other” and contribute with their knowledge and experience.